2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Melvin Ingram, DL/OLB, South Carolina

by Cory J. Bonini on February 6, 2012 @ 13:13:42 PDT


South Carolina senior linebacker Melvin Ingram is an intriguing prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. His versatility should endear him to NFL franchises playing either 3-4 or 4-3 base alignments, as he is able to play with a hand in the dirt or as a hybrid rush linebacker.

Ingram racked up 18.0 sacks over the past two seasons and should translate well in this department as a pro. 

Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
Versatility will take him far


  • Strong upper body and hands
  • Very versatile - can play 4-3 defensive tackle, defensive end and outside rush linebacker
  • His height (6-foot-1 7/8) and stout build (278 pounds) allows him to play with a lot of leverage
  • Athletic for his size - quick feet and can spin his way out of a block
  • Has a respectable catalogue of pass-rushing moves
  • Excellent stack-and-shed defender
  • Disengages blocks well
  • High-intensity player with a good motor
  • Quality closing speed
  • Experience dropping into coverage
  • Upside, with the right coaching


  • Too often looks to make the big hit instead of wrapping up
  • Inconsistent initial rush
  • Wasn't a full-time starter at the collegiate level
  • Has trouble hanging with running backs in the flats - needs to refine his technique
  • Suffered a broken foot in 2008 and a fractured hand in 2010 (didn't miss any time with the hand injury)
  • Was involved in a 2008 fight on campus but wasn't charged
  • Slow to locate the ball against the run
  • Tends to lose his anchor and is often turned around by stronger blockers

Expected draft placement

Ingram has the tools and versatility to be a midrange first-round pick in April. Teams that could be most interested in him include the New York Jets (No. 16), San Diego Chargers (No. 18) and Tennessee Titans (No. 20). 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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